How to Add an Outdoor Outlet

Add an outdoor outlet in five easy steps

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Stud finder
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drill/driver, cordless
  • Electrical tape
  • File
  • Non-contact voltage tester
  • Wire stripper/cutter

You will also need a 1/4-in. drill bit, 18-in. long, a 1-in. drill bit, a wire coat hanger or “fish” tape, a hammer drill and cold chisel if you have a brick exterior and a hacksaw blade if you have to replace an interior box.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Exterior electrical box
  • Weatherproof box cover
  • Electrical cable
  • GFCI outlet
  • Cable clamps
  • Wire connectors
  • Silicone caulk